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Transportation businesses face a host of dynamic risk issues that can significantly impact their financial and operational health. The news in this category focuses on the latest safety and security initiatives, resources and regulations and addresses topics that include fleet safety, claims administration, driver hiring and retention, risk management and compliance.

Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA, Others Tackle Truck Parking Problem

FMCSA Getty Images

Elected officials are becoming more aware of the truck parking problem, but many can’t seem to convince their constituents why they should care, according to panelists at a recent conference on truck parking.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 13, 2018
Business, Equipment, Safety

Drivers, Carriers Have Different Concerns Regarding Driver Shortage, Retention

Driver Shortage A digital sign indicates available truck parking. (U.S. Department of Transportation)

The nation’s motor carriers and their drivers see different priorities when it comes to issues facing the trucking industry, a new study found.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 12, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Washington State Combats Collisions With New Wildlife Bridge

Wildlife Bridge Interstate 90 traffic passes beneath the wildlife bridge under construction. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. — Before descending the Cascade Mountains on its final stretch to Seattle, Interstate 90 cuts through a mountain pass of old-growth forests and wetlands.

Manuel Valdes | Associated Press
December 12, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Seeks Final Round of Comments on Military-Driver Pilot Program

Army driver behind the wheel U.S. Army

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking a final round of comments on its plan to soon begin a three-year pilot program to compare the safety records of current or former military heavy truck drivers younger than 21 with a control group of current interstate drivers from 21 to 24 years old.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 11, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Top 50

Virginia Transportation Leaders Approve I-81 Improvement Plan

Interstate 81 traffic jam in Virginia An accident creates a traffic jam on I-81 just north of Front Royal, Va. (Eric Miller/Transport Topics)

Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board has approved a plan that weighs the possibility of tolls to address some of the issues that affect Interstate 81.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Dec. 10: Just in Time for the Holidays

Missouri Rep. Sam Graves Missouri Rep. Sam Graves (AAAEDelivers via YouTube)

Ahead of the Dec. 11 announcement of the next BUILD grant recipients, a few members of Congress have alerted the public about extra funds headed to their districts to help alleviate the cost of infrastructure projects.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

ASCE’s December Scorecards Reveal Cs for Montana, Nevada

ASCE A train near Montana's Yellowstone River. (Jerry Huddleston/Flickr)

Montana and Nevada, the states that the American Society of Civil Engineers assessed in December, earned overall C grades for infrastructure.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Awake and Aware

Trucker using video technology Lytx Inc.

Distracted and drowsy driving creates risk for drivers as well as fleets, but various forms of technology can alert drivers to these hazards and enable fleets to tailor training to prevent future events.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
December 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety

Cybercrime: Yes, It Can Happen to Your Fleet

Cybercrime Zephyr18/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Cyberattacks have become one of the top risks facing U.S. businesses, and trucking and logistics companies are no exception. Despite the increasing sophistication of these attacks, it’s still tempting to dismiss the threat — to think it’ll never happen to you. But the danger is very real and must be taken seriously by transportation firms of all sizes.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
December 7, 2018
Business, Safety

DOT’s Committee Against Human Trafficking Holds First Meeting

Human Trafficking Paris (left) with other committee members. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Targeted outreach efforts and training are key to reaching industry representatives who can aid in the fight against human trafficking, according to Kendis Paris, executive director of Truckers Against Trafficking.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 6, 2018